Recessions take a lasting toll on narcissism

Hard economic times dent young adults’ self-regard for decades

By Bruce Bower, 11:25 AM May 23, 2014

Bad economies levy a tax on narcissism, at least among young adults, a new study suggests.

People who came of age during economic recessions report and display fewer signs of extreme self-absorption than those who entered adulthood during relatively prosperous periods, says management professor Emily Bianchi of Emory University in Atlanta.

A strong economy during the late 1980s and 1990s may partly explain reports of rising narcissism rates among U.S. college students of that era, Bianchi propo...

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